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All designers work differently. At Blu-Listyle, first a phone conversation will help us evaluate your project, and if we may be of help. We then offer a no-charge initial design consultation. In this meeting we will walk through your home or business with you, and speak with you about the specific needs of your design or construction project. No actual design is done in this meeting, just an evaluation of the project scope and your particular needs and timing. You can review our portfolio, and learn more about specific projects in the portfolio. After this meeting, a design fee proposal will be sent to you for your review.
We maintain competitive design fees. There are a few ways that we charge but our design fee will typically have a combination of a fixed fee and hourly estimates. Please view the options under this tab for typical scopes that might apply to your project. In addition to the design fee, we offer options when it comes to purchasing product and furnishings. In most cases we offer a discount off of the retail price of product with a commission on product sold.
It depends on the level you wish to take your project. If you have a specific design fee budget in mind, we are more than happy to prepare a proposal, stating what we can offer, keeping within your budget.
Before beginning work, you go through a detailed questionnaire that helps us get to know you better. We take a design fee retainer that is applied to your final invoice. We then engage in a visioning session and work with you on any fact finding (preferred design styles, requirements for each room, how you live and work in your home etc.) we photograph the residence, and take formal measurements. From there we prepare a schematic design presentation, showing you our initial drawings, proposed material selections, palette options, and concepts. After design approval of that stage, we work with you on narrowing down the final selections, pricing, and implementing the design.
Blu-Lifestyle works primarily throughout Lusaka, Copperbelt and North-Western Province. We have the largest concentration of projects in Lusaka but as of 2014 are dividing our time between Lusaka and Copperbelt.
Blu-Lifestyle will work with your builder, or tradespeople. We are more than happy to refer you to those who can help as well. You will not pay us for construction related labor, that is between you and your contractor.
Interior decorators typically focus on the decorative elements of a home, such as: paint color, furniture, décor, window treatments, bedding etc. Interior designers do this, and more. Designers typically have formal program training. An interior designer should have knowledge of interior architecture principals, drafting skills, general building code guidelines and more.
This will vary per project. A typical kitchen remodel may take approximately 3 to 4 weeks to design and build. A bedroom remodel may take a 2 to 3 weeks to design, and 2 months to receive and install all product and furniture. If you are remodeling your bathroom, the process may take only a month from start to finish. So it varies those mentioned above are just approximates of how long some of our projects can take.
The collection menu on this site has a good sampling of our work. Feel free to contact us to see more images of other projects.
We don't have a style that we stick to. Our clients preferences, the architecture of the home or building and its natural surroundings, and also the budget will dictate the interior's style direction. Blu-Lifestyle seeks to bring out a client's personality and best self in each space.